EHV-1 and the FEI rules – what you need to know
Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) is a contagious disease which can cause fever, respiratory problems and neurological issues in horses.
Following a series of outbreaks of EHV-1, the FEI introduced its “Horse Health Requirements” which aim to protect horses and prevent transmission of infectious diseases.
Unfortunately, in recent days, the FEI has confirmed cases of EHV-1 at Lier (Belgium) and Oliva (Spain).
We set out below what you need to know about the current confirmed cases in Europe and the Horse Health Requirements.
EHV-1 in Europe (February 2023)
Due to the recent confirmed cases of EHV-1 in Europe, all horses attending Oliva from 7-22 February and some horses at Lier have been temporarily blocked from competition.
Horses blocked from competition due to EHV-1 cannot return to competition until they have fulfilled certain mandatory health requirements, including:
- Isolation of at least 21 days;
- Twice daily rectal temperature checks;
- EHV-1 laboratory testing; and
- Sign-off from a veterinarian.
Horse Health Requirements
Under normal circumstances, the relevant rules are as follows:
- You must take twice daily temperature readings for every horse that attends an FEI Event and record these readings in the FEI HorseApp:
- for three days before the day of arrival
- every day while at the FEI Event (bring your own thermometer).
- You must complete a Horse Health FEI Self-Certification form on the FEI HorseApp for all horses attending an FEI Event.
- The Person Responsible for the horse (usually the rider of the horse at the event) will receive a sanction if they do not comply with the above temperature requirements.
- Specifically, you will be sanctioned if you fail to:
- record any of the twice daily temperatures in the FEI HorseApp for the three days prior to the event. For example:
- present a completed FEI Self-Certification Form on the FEI HorseApp at the examination on arrival.
- record three or more consecutive temperatures in the FEI HorseApp while present at the FEI Event. For example:
- record four or more temperatures in total (i.e. not necessarily consecutive) in the FEI HorseApp while present at the FEI Event. For example:
- For the first two violations of this kind within a 12-month period, the Person Responsible receives a warning. For three or more violations, the sanctions increase as follows:
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